Day started 6.30 usual mad getting three kids ready for school and myself. Hit the road around 7.45 to be in folks for “taxi” to Vincents. Of course huge delays on the M50 so was little delayed and folks had metre running when I hopped out.
Checked into St Annes Ward waiting room – around 10 people in there to be honest most of them looked really sick. However that has nothing to do with anything, just an observation I suppose the next time I go there they might say the same about me.
Anyhow was brought into Chemo room and given my (don’t know the word) the thing in the hand that the IV goes through (will come to me in a few weeks). There was around 12 people in the Chemo room loads of smiling faces and eyes full of encouragement towards me when I sat up on the chair. Was told to take a seat – there was big armchairs or more like sitting chairs – being first time I took the sitting chairs – didn’t realise would have to stay in it. However (always an upside) I got the view of the Dublin Mountains and a glimpse of the Sugar Loaf – thought this was very symbolic – one beautiful majestic peak full of beauty and will be there for mankind to enjoy for years to come – and one peak being zapped with drugs to ensure that the owner too would be around for years to come (and hey if mankind wants to enjoy me – not complaining!!)
My Mam then came in and took a small seat behind me and we chatted for around 30 mins then she went off to get me coffee – came back had a chat for another hour then I was called to the high chair to get my first Chemo drug (the first IV was anti-sickness – oh yeah baby I will take loads of that) The kindly nurse asked me who was the person I was talking to and in around about way said she wasnt really allowed in here – so anyhow told her there was no room which was no bother and she went back to the waiting room. To be honest I didn’t really want anyone with me but she is my Mammy and I love her to bits and I am her baby and she loves me to bits and she wanted to be with me. I was so delighted that she did come it was nice to know that there was someone with me – so this way I got best of both worlds.
My Mam popped back in with another cappuccino and lovely chocolate fudge thing. The nurse did say we would be getting a sambo between 11 and 1pm – it was 1.15 and no sign of the sambos so munched the fudge. Two mins later a sambo trolley came in – a good old salad egg mayonnaise sandwiches which was just totally delicious to me!!
The kindly nurse had to hand administer the first treatment of the chemo. When she first put it in not sure what happened I literally jumped and she got more of a shock than me! It was a wee bit sore and so cold – but all okay after. Thirty minutes later my next treatment came along and that was IV. Chatted to a lovely lady for around 20 mins was her first chemo first but she had already had a mastectomy and radiation and she was in great form she was on her last part of it.
You could easily tell if people wanted to chat or not. There were quite a lot of men in there, two older men who literally never made eye contact with anyone – another young guy as well. Two funny Dublin ladies have great craic at the end of it. People are in there to concentrate on getting better and if you feel like chatting you do and if you don’t you don’t. Can see from day one that everyone respects each others privacy which is great. Sometimes its nice just enjoying your own company and taking it all in – both your recovery thoughts and the drugs!
I did ask them when I was on my last IV would they mind if I took a photograph of them all for my blog
Back to the folks was feeling fine couple of hours later got extremely tired and a bit nauseous and went to bed for an hour. Then went to Chemist with Mam to get my anti-sickness drugs (which I take for three days). Also met my hairdresser and tried on my wig – pretty bloody cool he was great – that’s Hatim from DeJaVu in Drommartin.
Hubby came home and picked me up we had a huge feast in my parents house, chop, potatoes and carrots
So all in all feel good about the day felt little sick earlier with nausea – bit like the Sunday night feeling after a night out the night before, its 10pm your still on the couch and thinking crap – where are all the uniforms and do I have anything for their lunch!
“Me” day planned tomorrow Mairead my lovely sister-in-law and Niall my Shiny Shoes brother are giving me a hand so gonna have a real relaxing day.
Must say once again all you lovely people encouraging me means so damn much to my mental positivity it’s just brilliant. A round of applause to you all and a big hand.